The resurrection of the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Helen Zille as the Federal Chairperson has become a thorn in the growth of the party which in return saw prominent leaders leaving the party.
The latest in the DA’s dilemma is the resignation of the Gauteng leader John Moodley who announced his departure on Wednesday in a press conference he held at his home. In his motivation as to why he is leaving, he said “I am deeply saddened, uncomfortable and I am no longer home in the DA. To stay on for the sake of earning a salary is not an option for me”.
However, the DA has hit back at Moodey, saying he wanted to deflect attention from himself by defaming his colleagues by playing the race card. The race issue always comes up after its leaders resign. Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and leader Mmusi Maimane also articulated to the race matter.
According to DA interim leader John Steenhuisen, Moodey is not clean. He said Moodey, by resigning, is running away from facing very serious charges relating to an attempt to frame a political opponent in a sex-for-jobs scandal, which also allegedly involved attempting to bribe two young and vulnerable first-time councillors into giving false evidence.